Land of our Fathers - Modern Plays (Paperback)
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Land of our Fathers - Modern Plays (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 03/09/2014
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"I can't believe we're arguing over a Blue Riband" "I can't believe we're stuck down a mine." "Yet here we are" 3rd May 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave, and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine. Within two weeks everything these men believe in and everything they know will have changed. A darkly comic drama looking at the dramatic two weeks in which a group of Welsh miners are trapped underground. Chris Urch's debut full-length play is packed full of blistering comedy and summons a generation of lost voices.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474227582
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 111 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm
Edition: 2nd edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
It's a promising debut from Chris Urch, rich in character and with plenty of black comedy . . . * Evening Standard *
[A]n acute study of disgrace under pressure . . . undeniably powerful. * Guardian *
. . . undeniably powerful. * Guardian *
Chris Urch's impressive debut play . . . craftily constructed . . . Urch certainly knows how to use a cliffhanger, and the disintegrating relationships between the men, growing self-interest and looming mutiny are neatly drawn. . . . it's meaty stuff: sometimes gruelling, always watchable. * Guardian *
There's a character everyone can relate to . . . there's a character everyone will recognise and fall in love with. . . . Chris Urch is one to watch! This is the debut play by Chris Urch, tipped by Howard Brenton as one to watch. "Chris is a brilliant talent. He could become the British Tennessee Williams. Hold on to your seats, audiences, this is the real thing!" . . . A survival play at its heart, Land of Our Fathers is packed full of blistering comedy and a generation of lost voices. * Whats On Stage *
This is soul-searching, soul-scorching stuff. . . . 'Land of Our Fathers' is a blisteringly good debut; witty, smart, brilliantly textured and paced. The dialogue is packed with dirty humour ('Think of all the potential fanny!'), but also punctuated with instinctive acts of kindness. . . . The actors shine - but they'd be fools not to, given this gift of a script. * Time Out London *
[Urch] creates well-rounded and believable characters and he manages to sustain the play's grip on us through solid and varied writing. * The Public Reviews *
Banter in spite of desperation that's what Chris Urch's first full-length play, Land of Our Fathers, which has now transferred into Trafalgar Studios, does best. What's more, the funny lines and quips usually dig at something quite profound. . . . Urch's distinct voice . . . is able to create authentic characters and a remarkable historical and thematic scope within a limited setting. * Exeunt Magazine *
Land of our Fathers may well move you to tears: but you're guaranteed to laugh. Chris Urch has penned a classic. * Entertainment Focus *
With coal-dark humour, writer Chris Urch celebrates the dignity of labour and men at work . . . it's a notable debut . . . * Evening Standard *
. . . Chris Urch's remarkably potent first full-length play. * Independent *
The writer, Chris Urch, has a knack for an eccentric gag . . . * Spectator *

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